Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Recipe: One Pan Chicken Dinner

This recipe has basically been stalking me for a couple of weeks now. First, my mother-in-law mentioned it to me when we were at her house. Then I saw a post on Facebook with the recipe. Finally a coworker mentioned it to me a few days ago. After being stalked thricely (is that a word? probably not. oh well, it is now. thricely TM ) I decided to give it a try.

It literally uses one pan...which is awesome. And I used a cutting board too. But that's not a my original claim of one pan chicken dinner still holds true. It's really easy and though it's not quick to cook, the prep time is pretty quick and it is an entire meal for a family or 2 meals for 2 people.

One Pan Chicken Dinner
from this Facebook post - not sure if y'all can see it so I'm reposting here.

2 cans of green beans (preferably the french style green beans), drained
3 fresh chicken breasts, trimmed & halved
6-8 red potatoes (6 normal sized or about 8 baby ones), halved or quartered
1 stick melted butter
1 packet Italian seasoning (dry) (recipe calls for Zesty Italian but I just had regular Italian)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x13 pan, spread your drained green beans along one long edge of the pan. In the middle, place your 6 chicken breast halves and along the other long side, place your cut up potatoes. Sprinkle entire packet of Italian seasoning over everything. Drizzle melted butter over everything. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Instead of melted butter, I used melted smart balance butter and it was delicious! I bet you could even use a healthy oil instead of butter and it would be great. This is an easy recipe that's sure to please. I mean, who doesn't love chicken, potatoes and green beans?! Plus, it will make your kitchen smell amazing! This turned out so well in our house that M asked me to put it on the meal rotation. (smiles and pats back) He doesn't need to know that the prep work was the hardest part...because I literally put it in the oven and put a timer on and then watched an episode of Hoarders...which is a great motivation for keeping your house clean...but I digress. The hardest part of the prep work was trimming the chicken, have you ever trimmed a chicken breast? I hadn't. I bought the ones that were on sale and they still had...gross pieces. So I had to cut them off. If you buy the bourgie...I mean, expensive chicken, most of the weirdness is cut off. So, that was literally the hardest part. Buy better chicken and you're golden.

Let me know if you try this!


  1. I've seen this on pinterest for an eternity, I was wondering how it was. Good to know it worked out! I'll try it.

  2. Can you use fresh green beans? I don't like the canned ones :(


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